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  1. 1. MARYLAND • NEW ENGLAND • AND NEW YORK PROVINCES FALL/WINTER 2011Jesuitson Mission
  2. 2. SOCIETY OF JESUSFaith and Culture Dear Friends,Inculturation, like any We are happy to present this, our first-year anniversary issue of Jesuits, and hopedevelopment in life or you enjoy these stories of our men and ministries.thinking that involves In this issue, we mark several milestones: the ordination of Fr. Mark Fusco, SJ,culture, does not happen one of 11 Jesuits ordained in the United States this year, as well as the jubilees ofby plan or theory. It happens nearly 100 Jesuits and the welcoming of novices beginning formation at St. Andrewwhen the people involved Hall in Syracuse.feel free to live and express Fr. Peter Fink, SJ, writes about the new language translations in the Mass. Athemselves in the terms sacramental theologian, Fr. Fink taught young Jesuits, including all three currentthat best respond to their provincials, at the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology for more than thirtyexperience and the mental years. Currently associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in New York, heor interactive frameworks explores the language revisions that will affect the 21 parishes, 9 retreat houses, 19within which they are most secondary schools, and 12 colleges and universities in our three provinces.truly themselves. This applies We present stories of three Jesuits who discovered their vocations while in uniform.to liturgy, ecclesiology, Jesuits have served the men and women in the military for years. You may remembermarriage, religious life and Fr. Joseph O’Callaghan, SJ, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, oursocial justice. Culture is a nation’s highest military award, for his heroism as a World War II chaplain, or Fr. Johnreality that has a life of its own “Jake” Laboon, SJ, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who was awarded the Silver Starand keeps growing, changing, for valor in the face of the enemy. Today, five chaplains from our three provincesadapting and responding to serve in the armed forces.new events and environmental In September, we dedicated the new Colombiere community residence inchanges. Inculturation is a way Baltimore. This facility provides care for our senior Jesuits, allowing them to remainof living in the wider context active in ministry well into their later years. We are grateful to our colleagues whoof whatever makes human life helped build this new residence and support our older men at the health care facilitieshuman. Thus the encounter throughout the three provinces: Murray-Weigel Hall in New York, the Jesuit Centerbetween culture and faith is in Wernersville, Campion Center in Weston and Manresa Hall in Philadelphia.ongoing, mutually influential, Thank you for your ongoing collaboration, support and prayer. We count on theand, hopefully, a source of gifts of your time, talent and treasure to continue our work together for the greaterongoing growth and purification. glory of God and the service of God’s people.— Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ Superior General of the Society of Jesus February 25, 2011 V. Rev. James M. Shea, SJ V. Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ V. Rev. David S. Ciancimino, SJ Provincial of Maryland Provincial of New England Provincial of New York
  3. 3. MARYLANDNEW ENGLAND About Our Cover Mr. Thomas Simisky, SJ, spent the summerNEW YORK living in a Jesuit community in Moscow, studying Russian and working in the MotherPROVINCES Teresa orphanage for children with disabilities. Read his vocation story on page 11. Features FA L L / W I N T E R Missionary Role of Jesuits in a Changing World ...........................6 Celebrating Ordinations ...............................................................8 The Deployment of a Lifetime ...................................................10 Warm Welcome from the Windy City.........................................12Editors Faith in the Service of Justice.....................................................16Rev. John F. Garvey, SJAlice M. Poltorick Hopes and Fears About Changes at Mass ...................................18Mary K. TilghmanAdvancement DirectorsRev. James F. Keenan, SJRev. Timothy J. Stephens, SJGrace Cotter ReganPlease address all correspondenceto Jesuits magazine at:Maryland Province Jesuits8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 620Towson, MD 21286443-921-1310advancement@mdsj.orgNew England Province of JesuitsP.O. Box 9199Watertown, MA 02471-9199617-607-2890advance@sjnen.orgNew York Province of the Society of Jesus39 East 83rd StreetNew York, NY 10028-0810 Page 16 Page 4212-774-5500 In Every Issuedevelopment@nysj.orgJesuits is published three times peryear by the Maryland, New Englandand New York Provinces of the Society In the News............................................2 Look for this symbol to findof Jesus. The opinions expressed are Across Our Provinces..........................14 more information online. ithose of the individual writers and donot necessarily constitute the official Wisdom of Years..................................20 Visit our websites at:policy of the Society of Jesus. Focus on Faith......................................22©2011 All rights reserved. Jesuits Around the World.....................24 MARYLAND: www.mdsj.orgPrinted in the USA. In Memoriam.......................................25 NEW ENGLAND: www.sjnen.org Printed on recycled paper. Advancing Our Mission......................26 NEW YORK: www.nysj.org 1
  4. 4. In the News Dedicating the New Colombiere Residence Jesuits, lay colleagues, friends and Soon after the opening prayers, the donors of the Maryland Province gath- archbishop blessed the new chapel — ered on September 11, 2011, to dedicate a modern space clad in wood and stone the new St. Claude La Colombiere resi- with architectural “trees” arching over dence in Baltimore. Mass was celebrated the congregation — sprinkling the space in the chapel for the first time. Earlier in and the people with holy water. the day, Fr. Bernard Filmyer, SJ, a new He blessed the altar with incense before resident of Colombiere, had offered the Fr. James Casciotti, SJ, who served as first Mass in the adjacent private chapel. master of ceremonies, and John Peck, SJ, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, apostolic and Sean Toole, SJ, scholastics serving administrator of the Baltimore archdiocese, as acolytes, placed the altar cloth, missal presided, celebrating with Fr. James Shea, and vessels. SJ, Maryland’s provincial, Fr. William Before the final blessing, Fr. Shea Rickle, SJ, the community’s superior, and thanked the congregation for their 10 Jesuits from the province — some attendance, and for their generosity to of whom are now living in the building. the Cura Personalis: Caring for Our In his opening remarks, the archbishop Brother Jesuits Campaign. “We count noted it was “a joy to be a part of this on your encouragement and support,” historic moment,” and prayed, “May he said. Fr. Rickle added his own the God of Mercy dwell in this place.” welcome, acknowledging the presence Prayers were offered, not only for the of Al Dragani, the building’s architect. Jesuit province, their friends and bene- While the congregation sang the last factors, but — on this tenth anniversary hymn, Archbishop O’Brien, accompanied of the September 11th terrorist attacks — by Fr. Casciotti, walked through the Archbishop Edwin O’Brien presides at the first Mass also for all those who lost their lives or residence to bless each room with celebrated in the chapel at Colombiere Jesuit residence their loved ones that horrific day. holy water. A reception and tour of the on Sept. 11. Fr. James Shea, Maryland’s provincial, and building followed Mass. Fr. William Rickle, Colombiere’s superior, concelebrate. B lessing of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province, Fr. Robert Levens, SJ, rector of Campion Center, and the Campion Jesuit community welcomed friends, family and brother Jesuits to the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Prayers of Celebration Blessing of the newly renovated Chapel of the Holy Spirit on June 19 at Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts. The celebration included original music compositions for the 12 stained glass windows of the chapel by composer Fr. Normand Pepin, SJ. Fr. Ronald Wozniak, SJ, minister of the community who oversaw the renovation, gave a narrative tour of the chapel and Scripture readings for each of the windows. The celebration marked an extensive renovation which brought the chapel back to its full beauty and spirit.2
  5. 5. N ew Leadership Across Our Provinces Daniel Roy, a former Nativity volunteer teaching fellow and master teacher, has returned to Nativity Preparatory School in Boston to serve as principal. Roy, a graduate of Macalester College, served as a Nativity teacher from 2000-2006. He received a Master of Education degree from Boston College in 2005 and taught at BostonDan Vaillancourt Preparatory Charter School and Bishop Feehan High School following his six years of service at Nativity. Bryan Carter has been named Fr. Philip Boroughs, SJ, has been appointed the 32nd the next president of Gesu School president of the College of the Holy Cross. He will assume in Philadelphia. He succeeds office in January 2012, succeeding Fr. Michael McFarland, Christine Beck, who is retiring. SJ, who will be stepping down after a highly successful Carter, a Jesuit high school presidency spanning 11 years. Fr. Boroughs has served as alumnus, comes from The Cradle, a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees since 2008, where he was resource and and has been involved in Jesuit higher education for 20 community development director years as a faculty member and administrator at Gonzaga, for the national adoption agency Seattle and Georgetown universities. He was appointed since 2009. Beck served on in 2003 to his current post as Georgetown’s vice president Gesu’s Board of Trustees for six for mission and ministry. Fr. Boroughs was born in years and was recently honored with the Gesu Spirit Medal. Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Seattle. He The Gesu School has about 455 children in grades pre-K entered the Society of Jesus in 1967 and was ordained a through eighth. priest in 1978. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Califor- nia; a licentiate of sacred theology from the Jesuit School Ed Young joined the New York of Theology in Berkeley; and a master of divinity from the Province office staff in August to Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. He received his work with Fr. Vincent Biagi, SJ, B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. who is assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education and lay formation. A graduate of Regis High School in New York City and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Young served for two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps in Chuuk, Micronesia, as an elementary school teacher. At Xavier High School, he taught, moderated the student council, coached golf and was a faculty represen- tative on subcommittees of the Board of Trustees. Young is a recent graduate of the Ignatian Leadership Seminars conducted by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. 3
  6. 6. D iaconate Ordination O n Easter Saturday, April 30, Matthew Malone, SJ, was one of four Jesuits ordained to the diaconate by the Most Rev. Peter David Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, at Corpus Christi Church, Brixton Hill, London. Mr. Malone is studying theology at Heythrop College in London and will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2012 at Fordham University. Archbishop Peter Smith with the four newly ordained deacons (from left): Deacon Matthew Malone, SJ, Deacon Archbishop Peter Smith with Matthew Malone, SJ Bart Beckers, SJ, Deacon Elil Rajan Rajendram, SJ, and Deacon Godfrey Veerasammy, SJ Fr. Kalscheur Professes Final Vows Fr. Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, was called by the Society of Jesus to the profession of final vows on September 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver. Provincial Father Myles Sheehan, SJ, Fr. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, rector of the Boston College Jesuit community, Jesuit brothers, family and friends celebrated at St. Mary’s Chapel at Boston College. During his homily, Fr. Kalscheur said, “I come to this day for the profession of my final vows filled with tremendous gratitude. I am deeply grateful for the gift of this vocation and for the call to final vows, and I am consoled by the Spirit’s gift of an ever-deepening sense that I was made for this life of companionship Lee Pellegrini with Jesus.” Fr. Kalscheur is an associate professor at Boston College School of Law.4
  7. 7. Hearts On Fire This was the second such series of summer retreats. Last year, retreats sponsored by the Apostleship of Prayer were held throughout the Midwest. The largest gathering this year took place in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City at the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. More than 100 young adults took part. Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life spoke to the gathering in Phila- delphia. In Richmond, the retreat wasBridgett Scott held in both English and Spanish at Sacred Heart Church, a parish with a large Latino population. Sam Sawyer, SJ, a second-year regent, addresses a packed room at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia during Leading the retreats were Frs. the start of the Hearts on Fire retreat, a day-and-a-half program for young adults focusing on Ignatian spirituality. Phillip Hurley, SJ, youth and young adult director for the Apostleship of Y oung adults from five cities gathered for this summer’s Hearts on Retreats introducing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius were held Prayer, and Mario Cisneros, SJ, from Mexico, studying at Boston College, as well as three scholastics, Sean Fire Tour, a two-day retreat series led in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Powers, SJ, Rob Van Alstyne, SJ, by Jesuit priests and scholastics. Charlotte, Baltimore and Richmond. and Sam Sawyer, SJ. Stay connected with Jesuit News This issue of Jesuits magazine is only one way to keep connected with the good news about Jesuits and our lay colleagues in the three provinces. For more frequent updates, we encourage you to visit our websites, stay connected on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and read our blogs. Become a fan of Maryland Province Jesuits, New England Jesuits, the Jesuit Connection and the Jesuit Conference USA on Facebook. Follow Maryland Jesuits, Jesuit New England and Jesuit News on Twitter. Watch Jesuits New England and New York, National Jesuit News and Jesuits Revealed channels on YouTube. Visit the National Jesuit News blog for stories, videos and a list of Jesuit bloggers. Sign up to receive periodical e-news from the provinces and the National Jesuit e-news. We welcome your comments, suggestions and story ideas. Send an e-mail to: Alice Poltorick, Apoltorick@sjnen.org 5
  8. 8. Looking to the Future Sent to the Frontiers: Missionary role of Jesuits vital in a changing world By Fr. Ramon Salomone, SJ African Jesuits studying in the United States and Canada gathered at Loyola University Maryland in May to explore opportunities for working more closely with American Jesuits. Thirty- seven of the 60 African Jesuits studying in North America attended. In 2009, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the means to bring the message of God’s Superior General of the Society of Jesus, desires and plans for the salvation of reminded all Jesuits: “The vision of our every man, woman and child become universal vocation, ‘to go anywhere in more varied, more imaginative, more the world where there is hope for God’s accessible. greater glory’ was central to Fr. Ignatius Instead of the more developed and his companions.” Francis Xavier, European and American societies sent by Ignatius to the Far East, was the reaching out with manpower and first of a vast host of Jesuits continuing financial resources to the less devel- to the present day who headed to distant oped and un-evangelized places of the places carrying the Gospel message. world, areas of Asia and Africa are now Much has changed since the time assisting the Church in the West and of Xavier. A trip halfway around the elsewhere with priests and religious world can now be accomplished in less to counter the diminishing number of Fr. Ramon Salomone, SJ than a day. Modern communication is clergy. This phenomenon will demand instantaneous. All but the most remote considerable adaptation on the part of places are connected by the Internet. the Church in the West. Nevertheless, as Fr. Nicolás points out, Today the Society of Jesus remains the universal mission of the Jesuits the largest missionary order in the remains paramount. Perhaps it is even Church, and there is a compelling new more urgent as the opportunities and the vision in the approach to international6
  9. 9. ministry. The office of the social and Fr. Nicolás also indicated theinternational ministries of the U.S. importance of fostering in Jesuits inJesuit Conference describes interna- formation this sense of availability Jesuit Leaderstional ministry today as moving from: to go anywhere. The learning of languages — English, Chinese, Fr. Ray Salomone, SJ, was novicen one-way giving to reciprocity, Spanish, Arabic — has to be an director and later regional superiorn philanthropy to solidarity, in the Nigeria-Ghana Region, which important part of the training. Mostn giving men and money to creating importantly, the opportunity to have is now the independent North-West sustainability, a meaningful experience in another Africa Province. Four Jesuits, whon depending solely on missionaries culture is becoming an established were among the novices during that to partnering with others, component of Jesuit formation. time (1990-2004), along with their It is also true that there are many young Jesuit contemporaries,n acting out of spontaneous impulse “frontiers” right here. There is need exemplify the coming to age of what to sustained advocacy for social for re-evangelization in the face of was once a “mission” to what is now change, growing indifference to the Church a self-sustaining province of then providing foreign help to fostering in the affluent West. What is the worldwide Society of Jesus. self-help, greater need when it comes down ton perceiving international mission as those two choices, home or abroad? Fr. Jude Odiaka, SJ, an export (or expenditure) to seeing Fr. Nicolás asserts that each of the ordained in 1993, has it as a gift and opportunity, American provinces should be ready been pastor of St. Joseph’sn lifelong assignments for a few Jesuits to send 10 to 25 percent of its mem- Church in his home town to shorter-term missions for many. bers abroad. There is something of Benin City and is now the faith-based more than reason-based first indigenous provincial These trends are pointing to new, of this young province. to be considered here. Is this throwingmore cooperative ways of pursuing caution to the wind, or is it ratherevangelization. But they also raise a surrender of the mission more Fr. Emmanuel Ugwejeh, SJ,challenging new questions: completely into God’s hands? ordained in 2001, studiedn How can we find the keys that will There is little doubt that the Church education at Fordham unlock the talents and aspirations in America is in an awkward spot: University and is now the of the people to whom we are sent? schools closing, church attendance principal of St. Francisn How can we respect and honor down, vocations to the priesthood and Secondary School, Lagos, with different cultures and faiths even as religious life fewer, the humiliation a teaching staff of 83 guides we present Christ’s message of peace of the sex abuse scandal still linger- and 1,124 boys and girls. and love of neighbor, of justice and ing. Jesuits share in this Church-wide the willingness to sacrifice for the moment of anguish. There could be Fr. John-Okoria greater good of all as the best way a temptation to circle the wagons for Ibhakewanlan, SJ, forward? the final fight. But not according to ordained in 2003, has an How can we carefully and sensitively Fr. Nicolás! What I hear him saying postgraduate certificate in convey the fact that the affluent state is, “Head for the frontiers, at home education from the Univer- and abroad. Don’t doubt. Don’t look sity of Nottingham, U.K. For of much of the West is a mixed bless- back.” Or as Ignatius put it a long five years he served as the ing and can present as many pitfalls president/principal of Loyola and challenges to the preservation time ago, “My love and my grace are College, Abuja, Nigeria. and growth of one’s own culture and enough for you!” the forming of one’s personal self Fr. Ramon Salomone, SJ, is provincial Fr. Chijioke Azuawusiefe, SJ, image as do the strained economic assistant for international ministries of ordained in 2009, has taken and political conditions under which the New York Province. so many people in the world live? up the reins of the Province’s newly established develop-n And in return, how can we more ment and communications clearly see the gifts that others have office. This office has made to offer to us in the West? significant strides in local and Challenges indeed, but ones that fire international fundraising.the imagination and, as Ignatius mightput it, fire the desire to save souls. 7
  10. 10. Formation Celebrating Ordinations Jesuit provinces around the United States celebrated the ordinations of 11 new priests this spring and summer. They come from four countries as well as the United States, and have a variety of backgrounds from nursing to acting, music to psychology. Here are short profiles of all these priests: Fr. Johnathan Brown, SJ, 36, originally from Eunice, Louisiana, worked as a graphics and web design artist before joining the Society in 2002. While study- ing philosophy at Saint Louis University, he was active in campus ministry and participated in service trips. These experi- ences prepared him for his assignment at San José Parish in Villahermosa, Mexico, working with youth groups at 52 satellite chapels. He then taught at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida. Fr. Brown completed his master of divinity and master of theology degrees at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and worked at St. Columbkille Parish in Brighton, Massachusetts. Fr. Brown is missioned to Sacred Heart Church in El Paso. Fr. Mark Fusco, SJ, 46, was born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and earned a master’s degree in philosophical theol- ogy from Yale University before going to Rome to work on international health issues at the Vatican and as director of programs at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Galeone Photography Center. He received his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and then spent several years in the private sector and secondary education. In 2005, he entered the Society and began work on his doctorate in systematic theology at the University of Toronto. After diaconate ordination, he served as a deacon at Maryland Provincial Fr. James Shea, SJ, blesses Mark Fusco, SJ, during his ordination at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Toronto. Fr. Fusco will be at Georgetown Loyola University Maryland’s Alumni Chapel in June. Also pictured, Bishop George V. Murry, University in Washington, D.C. to finish his dissertation. SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, who was the ordaining prelate. Fr. J. Patrick Hough, SJ, 36, a Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ, 44, enjoyed an early Lancashire, England, native, holds acting career in film, television and stage bachelor’s degrees from both Leeds in Los Angeles. He also volunteered for University and the Pontifical Gregorian an after school arts program working with University in Rome. Before joining the at-risk youth there before entering the Society in 2002, he went to Sydney, Society in 2001. He earned a master’s Australia, to teach, coach tennis and work degree in applied philosophy from Loyola with the music program at St. Ignatius University of Chicago, where his interests High School. Jesuit assignments took in spiritual direction and young adult him to Sacred Heart Church in El Paso and Strake Jesuit College ministry grew. At the University of San Francisco, he taught Preparatory in Houston. Fr. Hough earned a master’s degree in acting and theatre appreciation while working with the Univer- medieval history from Fordham University and a licentiate in sity Ministry team. Fr. Jao completed a master of divinity degree sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University University. He also studied orchestral conducting and singing at in Berkeley, and served as a campus minister, hospital chaplain the Julliard School. He is missioned to Immaculate Conception and parish deacon. His first mission is to work as the Province Parish in Albuquerque. Vocation Promoter for the California Province.8
  11. 11. Fr. Jeffrey Johnson, SJ, 40, attended and Ministry this spring. Ordained a deacon last fall, he served at Vanderbilt University and then served Sacred Hearts Church in Malden, Massachusetts. Fr. Medina has five years as a naval officer. As a diocesan been missioned as a chaplain to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, seminarian, he studied theology at the Chicago, and also to serve part time at St. Procopius Jesuit Church, University of St. Mary of the Lake in also in Chicago. Chicago. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2001. Before beginning his regency, Fr. J. Alejandro Olayo Méndez, SJ, 41, Fr. Johnson co-produced the documentary originally entered the diocesan seminary film Xavier, narrated by actor Liam Neeson in Mexico City in 1988. He left the semi-and televised nationally on PBS. He then went to Jesuit High nary and graduated from the UniversdadSchool in Tampa, Florida, as a teacher, chaplain of the baseball Iberoamericana (Jesuit University in Mexicoand soccer teams and moderator of the school newspaper. Fr. City). While working in Chiapas in southernJohnson will complete his licentiate in Sacred Theology at Boston Mexico for a human rights center, Fr. MéndezCollege School of Theology and Ministry and he is an associate discerned to rejoin religious life. He enteredpastor of Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans. the Society in 2002. While studying for his master’s in social work in Chicago, he worked closely with migrant Fr. Andrew Kirschman, SJ, 37, communities. He then moved to Gonzaga Preparatory School in graduated from both Cardinal Glennon Spokane, Washington, as a counselor, religion teacher and diversity Seminary in St. Louis and St. Louis director. This fall, he is studying at the Boston College School of University and then worked at Chaminade Theology and Ministry to complete his licentiate in sacred theology. Preparatory High School in St. Louis. Upon entering the Jesuit novitiate in 2000, Fr. Aaron Pidel, SJ, 32, became interested he earned a master’s degree in public in Jesuit missionaries and decided to attend policy and urban affairs at St. Louis an eight-day Ignatian retreat. That led him University and completed his regency to entereing the Society in 2000. As a Jesuitat the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador. For the past novice, Fr. Pidel worked with persons withthree years, he assisted with the formation of the Alum Service intellectual disabilities at the L’Arche Com-Corps, a volunteer program in the Missouri Province high munity of Mobile, Alabama, and with a youthschools. Fr. Kirschman completed theology studies at the Jesuit group at a parish in El Salvador. He earned aSchool of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. He master’s degree in philosophy resources fromhas been missioned to Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver. Fordham University and, as a regent, taught at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He also substituted as a senior physics teacher for Fr. Joseph Laramie, SJ, 33, completed Jesuit High School students who relocated to Houston after Hurricane undergraduate studies in philosophy and Katrina. Fr. Pidel will soon complete both his master’s of divinity letters at Saint Louis University as a and a licentiate in sacred theology, and after serving as a chaplain at seminarian in the St. Louis Archdiocese World Youth Day in Madrid, he will begin work as parochial vicar at before entering the Society in 2000. When Gesu Parish in Miami. he studied theology and Spanish at Loyola University of Chicago, he took improvisa- Fr. Paul Vu, SJ, 40, fled with his family from tional acting classes with the Second City Vietnam and settled first in Costa Mesa, theater program. He earned a master’s in California, and then in Houston. He earnedcommunications from Saint Louis University. As a regent at his bachelor’s degree in psychology at theRegis Jesuit High School in Denver, he taught and was modera- University of Texas and then received a fulltor of the improv club and newspaper. He has led several groups scholarship to the University of Missouri,to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life each January. Fr. where he earned both master’s and doctoralLaramie earned his master’s degree of divinity at the Boston degrees in counseling psychology. He enteredCollege School of Theology and Ministry, where he is working the Jesuit novitiate in 2000. After Fr. Vuto complete his licentiate in sacred theology. completed philosophy studies in St. Louis, he spent his regency at Regis University in Denver as a counselor on the campus, part-time Fr. Joel Medina, SJ, 56, holds a bachelor teacher and coordinator of the Christian Life Community program. of science in nursing from Wayne State He is currently completing theology studies at the Jesuit School University in Detroit and has been of Theology at Santa Clara University in Berkeley, where he will certified as an infusion registered nurse. complete his licentiate in sacred theology and to continue his study He entered the novitiate in 2002. He of the relationship between psychology and religion. completed philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago. He has accompanied Watch videos of Fr. Vu’s journey to ordination in the Loyola University medical students and Path to Priesthood series at: http://bit.ly/lHOg0H physicians on a medical mission tripto San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Fr. Medina received his master’sdegree in divinity from Boston College School of Theology 9
  12. 12. T he Deployment of a Lifetime God’s invitation to the priesthood or religious life reaches us through parents and family, teachers and friends, and through the many events and experiences that each of us encounters in life. This includes military service. St. Ignatius Loyola was a soldier wounded in action. As he read the lives of the saints while he recovered, God invited him to reconsider his goals in life. Here are the stories of three men who entered the Society of Jesus after serving in the military. Rudi Casals, SJ Discovering My Vocation My first “encounter” with the Society It was the sum of various factors and of Jesus was in Japan. While visiting individuals that led me to the Society. Nagasaki Harbor, I went up a nearby hill A great part of my vocation I owe to the for a better view of the city. This brought sailors who shared with me their joys me to the site of the shrine of the 26 and pains. Their trust allowed me to martyrs. I was struck by the fact that realize that the most rewarding and such an explicitly Catholic site was in fulfilling part of being a naval officer The individual the mostly non-Christian surroundings was the pastoral opportunities it afforded Jesuits who worked of Japan. My subsequent research led me. Also, the unwavering loyalty and me to the story of Jesuit Saint Paul Miki friendship of the particular shipmates I in the various places and the history of the Church in Japan. had gave me the confidence and freedom the Navy assigned This was the start of a significant to risk leaving a life in the Navy for the me were a constant relationship with the Society. possibility of finding fulfillment in an While teaching at the Naval Academy, intimate relationship with Christ. The reminder of the my heart was torn between a love of the individual Jesuits who worked in the Society’s worldwide Navy and a growing desire to serve God various places the Navy assigned me mission. as a priest. I had the benefit of working were a constant reminder of the Soci- alongside Navy chaplain Fr. Robert Keane, ety’s worldwide mission. They, along — Rudi Casals, SJ SJ. His daily example, and conversations with the example of St. Ignatius, the with Fr. Brendan Hurley, SJ, (now a soldier turned pilgrim, turned spiritual spiritual director at the Pontifical North guide and finally saint, who left behind American College in Rome), gave me a road map for those embarking on the freedom to make the choice to apply the same journey from military life to to the Society. While working in Des religious life, helped inspire my own Moines, Iowa, as a recruiter, I had the vocation to the Society. Finally, it was chance to visit the Jesuits at Creighton my family who taught me how to love University, who continued to help me God, and that made all this possible. find God in my life. Rudi Casals, SJ, teaches at Xavier High School in New York City.10
  13. 13. embodied by the upperclassmen, and a sense of sonship under the care of the Jesuits. The teaching and the example of the Jesuits were impressive at first, but they were soon taken for granted. I can see now what a blessing it is to be able to take role models for granted. It is Thomas Simisky, also a blessing to stop and reflect on SJ, greets Boston men whom you respect, and to give College student consideration to the course of your Rafael Leonardo at the Army ROTC life. I learned how to practice such commissioning reflection in later years when on retreat. ceremony in May. After college, I served in the Leonardo, now a Navy for six and a half years. I lieutenant, is very was blessed with the opportunity active with Catholic groups at BC. to meet truly exemplary sailors. It was at this time that I made my first spiritual retreat. As I reflected uponMissioned in a new way the examples of good men whom“How could you go from being a Marine greater good. And I enjoyed living in I had known, and upon myself,to a Jesuit?” This is the question I am community (as shipboard and barracks and upon the course of my life,always asked when people hear a little life really is). All of this allowed me to it became clear what God wasabout my past. I asked myself, and God, see that my missionary vocation as a calling me to.the very same question many times Jesuit was actually always present.throughout my discernment. Many close friends were surprised Having been a Marine artillery (though always supportive) when I toldofficer for four years after graduating them I was entering the Society of Jesus.from Assumption College, Worcester, Over time, the response inevitablyMassachusetts, with a political science becomes, “It makes total sense.”degree, I had already received a strong Vowed life permits me to be mis-formation that shaped my character sioned in new ways. My eight years inin many lasting ways. And in spite of the Society have been filled with manygrowing up active in our local parish and travels and assignments. But fundamen-attending St. John’s High School, I had tally it continues allowing me to grow inslipped away from regular Mass atten- faith, increasingly free to follow Christdance. All of this led me to wonder if with greater courage. SEMPER FIDELIS!I was worthy, or even capable, of a Richard Nichols, SJ Thomas Simisky, SJ, is a first yearpriestly vocation. theology student at Boston College I was finally able to listen to Christ’s School of Theology and Ministry. One of the techniques that reallycall when I was a graduate student at helped in this discernment was toBoston College. While on a five-day Answering Christ’s Call imagine myself on my deathbed,Ignatian retreat, I reflected back on looking back over the course of mywhen God was most present in my life There were a number of influences life, and pondering whether I hadand when I felt most alive and fulfilled. in my life that brought me to the Society done God’s will (Spiritual ExercisesStrangely, I thought of my deployment of Jesus. It was a thrill for me to study #186). I see now that being a Jesuit isto the Persian Gulf in 1995. at Loyola Blakefield in Baltimore from the best way for me to answer Christ’s I realized that I enjoyed working with grades 7 to 12. The place was set aside call to follow him more closely.and teaching the young Marines in my from the everyday. At Loyola, youunit, many of whom came from difficult experienced a measure of independence Richard Nichols, SJ, is in First Studies and some of the trappings of adulthood: at Bellarmine House of Studies, St. Louis,family backgrounds. I also felt inspired Missouri.by the sense of being sent on mission, wearing a coat and tie, being calleddoing something greater than myself in “Mr.” by teachers, and being allowed To read more stories bywhich it was understood that we had to to spend your free period however you Jesuits about their calling, visit:sacrifice our individualism for the chose. I experienced a sense of fraternity www.Jesuitvocation.org 11
  14. 14. w arm Welcome from the Windy City Holy Cross professor spends semester teaching Jesuits in First Studies By Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ was on the wide variety of contexts — geographic, intellectual, political, cultural, religious and theological — in which Jesuits worked, and ways in which Jesuits both effected change and were themselves changed by interacting with diverse peoples in Europe and around the world. Each student in the seminar “As a Jesuit also worked on a major research paper — topics included the prominence of scholastic, I had Jewish converts among the early Jesuits, Jesuit opposition to witch hunts in 17th- the occasion to century Germany and the importance see firsthand the of women benefactors for 18th-century Jesuit fundraising. unique way in Besides my seminar at Loyola, the visiting professorship allowed time for which a Jesuit research for the first stages of an ency- priest approaches clopedia of the Jesuits for Cambridge University Press. While in Chicago, I the task of also gave two talks: a public lecture for For spring semester 2011 I had the the Loyola University Ignatian Heritage scholarship; this privilege of serving as Visiting Professor Week on Jesuits and the Papacy, ca. experience will for First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. First Studies refers to the 1500 to the present; and a more informal conversation with the Jesuit scholastic be formative in my philosophical, theological and related community on the vocation to scholarly studies undertaken by Jesuits in the work in the Society of Jesus. This talk/ own Jesuit life.” three years following their completion dialogue with the scholastics was a very — Matthew Prochilo, SJ of the novitiate. In a given year, approxi- special occasion for me. I was pleased mately 30 such Jesuits in formation, and moved by the questions and com- drawn from all nine Jesuit provinces ments of these Jesuits, men eager to in the United States, do First Studies know more of the joys and challenges in Chicago. An additional 60 Jesuits one may face over decades as a Jesuit, do First Studies at St. Louis University but above all men eager to put their and Fordham University. talents to good use. Nine Jesuit scholastics enrolled in The city of Chicago from January to my seminar course entitled “Jesuits in May was hardly a resort destination, but the Early Modern World.” The course as a native of Burlington, Vermont, I am examined the complex history and used to cold weather. From its origins development of the Society of Jesus the Society of Jesus has been present from its founding in 1540 to its tempo- above all in urban contexts, starting with rary suppression in 1773. Emphasis 16th-century Paris, where the first Jesuits12
  15. 15. November is National Jesuit Vocation Month This year we are commemoratingNine students enrolled in a seminar at Loyola University Chicago, offered by Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ. Front, from left are Jesuits the 300th Anniversary of the deathBrendan Busse, Justin Mungal, Andrew Rodriguez, R.J. Fichtinger; rear, from left: Travis Russell, Curtis Leighton, Patrick Nolan, of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino,Cyril Pinchak, Matthew Prochilo. They represent the California, Chicago-Detroit, New York and Wisconsin Provinces. SJ, (1645-1711), the founder of 24 missions and chapels in Mexico, Arizona, and California. “Fr. Worcester encouraged us to use history as a lens to understand the Society of Jesus. By learning how our past formed us, we can Prayer for Vocations understand who we are today. ” Father, in the name of Jesus, — Cyril Pinchak, SJ and through the power of Your Holy Spirit, we pray that You inflame the hearts ofwere students. Since the 19th century, men with courage and trustJesuits have made a major commitment and the desire to labor forto living and working in Chicago. It is a Your kingdom as Jesuits.good place for us to be, with many intel-lectual and ministerial opportunities, We ask You through theand with an amazing diversity of peoples. intercession of Mary, ourAnd I found parishes to be lively andfull of people; Chicago remains quite a Mother, St. Ignatius, and allCatholic city. Chicago is a place where a Your saints, to bless the Societybarber cutting my hair figured out that I of Jesus with bountiful vocationswas a priest and then proceeded to singthe unqualified praises of the Church, that it may continue to servethe clergy and Loyola University. A very Your church with passion andinteresting semester indeed! zeal. May Your will be done. Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ, is Professor of Amen. History at the College of the Holy Cross. One of the books he used in his seminar was The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, which www.jesuitvocation.org he edited (Cambridge University Press, 2008) Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ, after a Mass at Loyola Chicago 13
  16. 16. Across Our Provinces Jesuit High Schools have a mission W hether it is in Portland, Maine; Rochester, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; or anywhere else in the world, a Jesuit high school strives for the same goal: a graduate who is intellectually fulfilled, open to growth, Students from Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City on an Emmaus Retreat religious, loving and committed to doing justice. Opportunities for personal study, reflection and leadership allow students to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, mature as individuals and commu- nity members, and realize the goodness inherent in themselves and in all of God’s creation. In keeping with the Ignatian spirit of cura personalis (care for the whole person), every Jesuit school strives to develop the diverse and unique talents of each member of the school community, adults as well as students, and encourages the use of these talents to serve others for the greater glory of God. Fr. Hernan Paredes, SJ, teaches theology at Loyola School in New York City. Students at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, huddle together to finish an assignment in the library in the William L. George, SJ, Center. 714
  17. 17. Secondary Schools Across Our Provinces Boston College High School Boston, Massachusetts Campion College Kingston, Jamaica Canisius High School Buffalo, New York Cheverus High School Portland, Maine Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Baltimore, Maryland Fairfield College Preparatory School Fairfield, Connecticut Fordham Preparatory School Bronx, New York Georgetown Preparatory School North Bethesda, Maryland Gonzaga College High School Washington, D.C. Students from Xavier High School, New York, build a house while on a service trip in Tijuana, Mexico. Loyola Blakefield Baltimore, Maryland Loyola School New York, New York McQuaid Jesuit School Rochester, New York Regis High School New York, New York St. George’s College Kingston, Jamaica Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School Fr. John Hanwell, SJ, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania president of Fairfield College Preparatory Saint Peter’s School, Fairfield, Preparatory School Connecticut, distributes Jersey City, New Jersey communion to students at Mass. Scranton Preparatory School Scranton, Pennsylvania Xavier High School New York, New York Cheverus High School student Jack Terwilliger was named Two centuries of Jesuit education the 2010-2011 Gatorade Maine Boys Track and Field Athlete in the Maryland, New England Xavier High School of the Year. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic and New York Provinces multimedia Chuuk, Micronesia excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement presentation by students at Loyola iand exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Blakefield at http://bit.ly/pMnQT3 15
  18. 18. Ministries Faith in the Service of Justice By Anne Murphy Mortgage lending as mission? Call it a sign of the times, but Fr. James Walsh, SJ, a practicing attorney and veteran social activist, has made foreclosure relief for struggling families in Boston’s economically distressed neighborhoods his latest foray into social ministry. In September 2010, Fr. James Walsh, SJ, surrounded by family and colleagues, celebrated 50 years in the Society of Jesus at the New England Province’s Jubilee celebration. “ A bout three years ago we realized the banks had been bailed out, but they weren’t doing anything,” explains Fr. Walsh, who serves on the board of Boston Community Capital, a community development finance institution — what Fr. Walsh calls a “non-bank bank” — chartered to invest and lend in poor communities. “Traditional banks weren’t making mortgage loans in low-income neigh- stay in their homes.” BCC, which also makes small- business and community-development loans, as well as venture investments through its equity funds, became a licensed mortgage lender in 2009 and, John Gillooly stabilize communities and help families through its Stabilizing Urban Neighbor- hoods (SUN) program, began buying properties facing foreclosure at deeply discounted prices. Reselling the prop- borhoods. There were few alternatives erties back to their residents on more for the poor. And Boston Community amenable terms, SUN also underwrites Capital (BCC) strives to be a hedge fund new mortgages at affordable rates. More for the poor. So we realized BCC needed than $15 million has been lent so far, to become a mortgage company — to and about 135 families have been spared16
  19. 19. foreclosure and eviction. Families loses sight of the mission, never For Fr. Walsh, the questions herepurchasing their homes through BCC confuses our ability to manage risk asks himself and others are alsotypically reduce their monthly mortgage with our pursuit of the mission. He’s unfailingly consistent. “I raise thepayments by almost half. “There have not blind to risks; he’s just matter of poor people’s questions,” he says.been no defaults,” adds Fr. Walsh. fact about analyzing, understanding Now, more than ever. It’s not teaching or preaching, but and mitigating them.” “How do you get the middle andthe plain-spoken Jesuit priest sees this In the quarter century Fr. Walsh has upper-middle class in this countrywork as wholly within the charisms of served as a director, BCC has grown to think about the poor? When therethe Society of Jesus. “It’s about faith in its assets from $30 million to more than has been a radical change in thethe service of justice,” says Fr. Walsh. $600 million and won recognition as a culture? People need to look at As a young Jesuit inspired by Father national model. the reality that we still have poorGeneral Pedro Arrupe, SJ, and the Synod “He’s a man of quiet humility,” says people. More all the time. Theyof Bishops’ 1971 Statement, Justice in longtime friend and former colleague may be less visible, but they’rethe World, Fr. Walsh, who had planned Jerry Sutherland. Loath to draw attention still here.”to become a professor, felt himself to himself, Walsh is more comfortable Almost four decades later,drawn instead to the emerging fron- working behind the scenes than exhortations such as those foundtiers of the social apostolate and more front-and-center on a social issue. in Decree Four from the Society’sworldly service of the poor. “He’s Mr. Cool all the way,” according 32nd General Congregation remain, for Fr. Walsh, a compelling call to action: “The Gospel demands a life “His life, his work, his choices are all just fully in which the justice of the Gospel integrated. They’re all about attempting to shines out in a willingness not only to recognize and respect the rights alleviate poverty. It’s not as if he’s taking one hat of all, especially the poor and the off and putting on another when he walks into a powerless, but also to work actively to secure those rights.” (G.C. 32, room. He’s wearing the same hat all the time. ” Decree 4, n. 18). — Elyse Cherry While Fr. Walsh may wish he’d seen greater results, and continues “I guess I’m a bit entrepreneurial to Sutherland. “I’ve been in intense to pray that more people of goodin the way a lot of early Jesuits were,” situations with him, where people’s will and more resources will besays Fr. Walsh. “They were into all emotions are running rampant, and he dedicated to the Jesuit work ofsorts of things.” And so is Fr. Walsh. just brings a calm to it all. He has a great social justice, at age 68, he has fewIn the half-century he has spent in the sense of peace and a great devotion to regrets. “It’s been a good trip forSociety (he entered after graduating relieving the suffering of others.” me because I’ve learned so manyBoston College High School in 1960), But he’s not afraid of a challenge things that I never would havehe has been a high-school teacher, or an uphill battle. learned,” says the ever-inquisitivecommunity organizer (active in tenants’ “When we started the foreclosure Fr. Walsh. “I’m an introvert byrights campaigns in Boston in the early relief work, it was a completely different nature. I’m a Jesuit who’s never1970s), practicing attorney (graduating line of business for us,” recalls Cherry. even had a checkbook. Yet I’ve hadBC Law in 1981 and working for “Yet it was totally consistent with our a chance to learn about finance,indigent, elderly and disabled clients mission. Jim was a strong voice on the and to learn about the law and realin private practice since), state official board arguing for our need to go into estate, and so much more. It’s like aand alternative energy advocate (serv- this work. And we heard him, in part whole new world was opened up foring in the Executive Office of Energy because he’s just so consistent, but me. Because I took some chances,”Resources under then Gov. Michael also very smart and very analytical. he said. “I can’t imagine how nerdyDukakis), and nonprofit director “He has an internal lodestar,” I’d be if I’d played it safe and gottenand adviser, serving on at least half Cherry adds. “His life, his work, his a Ph.D. in the philosophy of science,a dozen boards of both Jesuit and choices are all just fully integrated. like I’d planned.”secular organizations, such as BCC. They’re all about attempting to allevi- Anne Murphy is a writer and the founder “Jim has been our moral compass ate poverty. It’s not as if he’s taking one of Mission Media Arts, a communica-from day one,” notes Elyse Cherry, hat off and putting on another when he tions firm serving nonprofits. She and herCEO of BCC. “He’s been on the board walks into a room. He’s wearing the family are parishioners at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.since we were founded, and he never same hat all the time.” 17

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